Description of Mesembryanthemum criniflorum
- Often called the Livingstone daisy, Fig Marigold or the Ice Plant.
- The leaves are juicy & succulent with a furry texture.
- Flowers are single in a wide range of gaudy colours from white through shocking pink to orange.
- Many flowers have light coloured centres and there are now more self colour seed packets available.
- Plants are from the Aizoaceae family that contains a130 genera and over 1200 species that also includes Lithops
Cultivation Tips for Mesembryanthemum criniflorum
- Sow seed February to April at 60-70F in John Innes Seed Compost.
- Sow on surface of compost and gently firm down compost. Keep soil damp but not wet. Do not exclude light which helps germination.
- Sealing in a polythene bag after sowing is also helpful. Germination usually takes 15-21 days.
- When seedlings are large enough to handle, transplant and grow on in cooler conditions for 10-15 days before planting out in a sunny frost free spot on light well drained soil.
- Plants are low growing and spread 6-10″.
- Ideal for poor soil conditions in full sun.
- Flowers remain shut in dull weather
Special Growing Tips for Mesembryanthemum criniflorum
- I prefer the name Livingstone daisy as it is easier to say and spell. However part of the family are real living stones that flower just like Mesembryanthemums.
- Mesembryanthemums are annuals that are full of flower when planted in good sunlight.
- The fleshy leaves do not like to be constantly wet as it causes rot.
Varieties, Species and Types of Mesembryanthemum
- Apricot Tu Tu creates a glowing display of gorgeous apricot, frilled blooms. A quick carpeting plant which will practically paint the ground in colour.
- Magic carpet and Sarkles are other seed mixes
Horticulture Sources and Advice on Mesembryanthemum criniflorum
- You can often obtain seeds or plants from our mail order company of choice Thompson & Morgan
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